Blue Whistling-thrush  Myophonus caeruleus
Blue Whistling-thrush, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image


The Blue Whistling-thrush is distributed from Afghanistan through the Himalayas to central and eastern China and south through Myanmar and Indochina to the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.

Blue Whistling-thrush, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It is found in broad-leaved and deciduous forest often in gorges and ravines and nearly always near water. It was fairly common in Bhutan but I found it very difficult to photograph as it was very flighty and it was most conspicuous in bad light at dawn and dusk.

It is blackish-blue with glistening blue spangles and a bright yellow bill.

There is a recording on xeno-canto and additional information on Avibase .
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